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The Europeans that settled in America changed the lives of the Indians slowly robbing them of their culture The future of the Indians was changed drastically as their children their income off the land and their spiritual bonds with the land were interfered by the Europeans The Europeans in trying to create a white society out of the Indians stole from them what made them unique as a civilization The Indians children were affected more than any other generation by the coming of the Europeans Their whole family structure changed in the short period while the Europeans took over and gradually the children lost all they ever knew Indian children were brought up learning the skills they would need as adults A great importance was placed in training boys to become warriors and teaching them skills such as running swimming jumping building stamina and strength and archery Girls would stay with their mothers until they were eight and then live with their grandmother who was considered their most dignified protector She would take over and teach the girl skills such as weaving molding clay and domestic skills Indian children were as free as the animals that roamed the forest around them Young boys were encouraged by elders to engage in sports Girls busied themselves imitating their mothers Life of a Shawnee WCMundell With the arrival of the Europeans Indian children lost their upbringing their culture and gradually their self-esteem The government attempted to civilise the Indian children and many were sent or forcibly taken to boarding schools often not situated on the reservations The children were separated from their families their mentors Their clothing was missionary style dresses for the girls knickers and trousers for the boys The children werent allowed to speak their native tongue The family structure collapsed as the fathers died and many women were widowed This left them in a hopeless position as polygamy was outlawed and they
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